Group Strategy Director, Pharma Marketing at closerlook, inc.

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About the job

  • closerlook is based in Chicago and open to remote candidates for this position
  • Applicants must have deep pharma experience in order to be considered for this role



Acting as an advocate for our clients’ business, the Group Strategy Director provides oversight of a cornerstone client account and is a senior level consultant to their clients. This role aids in the identification of client and business challenges and crafting the solutions that we recommend and ultimately deploy. They will partner with the Managing Director and other functional team leaders to mentor and grow a cross-competency team of client service professionals, strategists, and creatives to inspire teams to deliver outstanding marketing solutions for our clients.


Job responsibilities


  • Cultivate and maintain client-valued relationships as the strategic lead of significant books of business.
  • Create and/or direct the creation of core strategy deliverables for multiple pharmaceutical brands across the commercial lifecycle: Launch and brand plans, communication plans, content strategies, creative briefs, and measurement plans
  • Lead client discussions and present recommendations: Facilitate rich discussions with and lead presentations to clients and prospective clients regarding their current and potential multi and omni-channel digital campaigns and programs. 
  • Partner with the Digital Strategy and Marketing Intelligence teams to generate metrics, analyses and insights that answer core client and internal questions
  • Demonstrated ability to lead the generation of insight-driven recommendations using various inputs (primary research, secondary research, database data), including hypotheses and analysis plan development, recommendation formulation and presentation, as well as goal setting and measurement plans for results evaluation
  • Ability to inspire internal cross-competency teams and clients with a strategic marketing vision rooted in deep, first experience work in the Pharma / Biotech space

Business Development

  • Work in close partnership with cross-functional team to identify potential new business opportunities and develop plans / action steps to secure such business, both with existing clients and new potential pursuit targets
  • Provide strong partnership to the agency business development team


Skills required

  • Fluency and experience with the broad spectrum of commercial levers available to pharmaceutical and biotech marketers in their pursuit of value creation and better health outcomes
  • Demonstrate considerable depth and knowledge of brand segments, messaging, marketing mix, etc. and the legal and regulatory dynamics associated with each
  • Working in and across digital and traditional promotional channels and an intimate knowledge of the data available to evaluate their performance
  • Developing and deploying data driven segmentation, Omni-channel campaigns, and measurement plans
  • Showcase examples of intellectual flexibility in solving complex problems
  • Excellent communication, interpersonal and presentation skills
  • Deep understanding of pharma client / agency dynamics and business model
  • Working in cross-competency environments
  • Possess credibility in the presence of the client



  • The qualifications for the position of Group Strategy Director are:
  • Bachelor degree required; MBA / Masters Integrated Marketing Communications preferred
  • 12 to 15+ years of pharma / biotech sales, marketing, business intelligence and strategy experience
  • Consulting and or agency experience a plus
  • Demonstrable experience in multiple specialty and primary care therapeutic areas required; Oncology and rare disease experience preferred


Reports to:

  • Vice President, Pharma Marketing Strategy


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What projects are you most excited about?

We are putting a heavy focus on creating progressive web apps since a majority of our end users are mobile users. It allows regular webpages to behave like a native app on a mobile device to make the experience as seamless as possible. We are also focusing on tools for sales reps so they are able to quickly yet effectively engage HCPs.


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What are closerlook, inc. Perks + Benefits

Partners with Nonprofits
Friends outside of work
Eat lunch together
Daily sync
Open door policy
Team owned deliverables
Team based strategic planning
Group brainstorming sessions
Open office floor plan
Dedicated Diversity/Inclusion Staff
Unconscious bias training
All new hires to closerlook will participate in a half day Unconscious Bias training. Currently being offered twice per calendar year to capture new hires.
Diversity manifesto
Someone's primary function is managing the company’s diversity and inclusion initiatives
Diversity Employee Resource Groups
closerwe - our DEI group with our CEO as its Executive sponsor Women's Leadership - our empowerment group open to all of the women at closerlook Allyship - focused on building and being better alli
Hiring Practices that Promote Diversity
closerlook is committed to presenting hiring managers with candidate pools comprised of at least 50% diverse candidates and in we are 2021 launching a diverse internship program.
Health Insurance & Wellness Benefits
Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
Disability Insurance
Dental Benefits
Vision Benefits
Health Insurance Benefits
closerlook offers both a HDHP/HSA plan and a traditional PPO plan. We offer a generous contribution towards your HSA!
Life Insurance
Pet Insurance
Wellness Programs
onsite yoga, biometrics screenings and much more!
Retirement & Stock Options Benefits
401(K) Matching
Child Care & Parental Leave Benefits
Generous Parental Leave
Maternity leave is paid at 100% for 12 weeks, we also offer a 2 week parental leave. We are thrilled to offer a return to work program, allowing new parents to ease back to work on a modified schedule
Family Medical Leave
Return-to-work program post parental leave
Vacation & Time Off Benefits
Generous PTO
Paid Holidays
Paid Sick Days
Perks & Discounts
Beer on Tap
Casual Dress
Commuter Benefits
Company Outings
Annual party celebrating our company's birthday, Summer Outings, Holiday Party.
Stocked Kitchen
Some Meals Provided
Happy Hours
Professional Development Benefits
Job Training & Conferences
Tuition Reimbursement
Promote from within
Mentorship program
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